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About NLN

National Learning Network (NLN) provides a range of flexible training courses for people who have experienced a setback, have had an accident, a mental health issue, an illness, injury or have a disability and extra support needs. We are the largest private provider of personalised education, training and employment services in Ireland.

Our training programmes span many disciplines including Art, Administration, Sports and Recreation, Graphic Design, Culinary Skills, Computing and Horticulture. We work with people who experience health conditions, illness, disability, mental health difficulty, trauma, addiction, economic isolation or challenging life circumstances. We support people to make successful transitions, whatever their stage in life. We can help with transition from school to the adult environment, with access to vocational training, support with getting a job, recovery and wellness, improving people’s health, enhancing quality of life and achieving successful inclusion in the community.  NLN’s services are aligned to international best practice models of social and vocational rehabilitation.

The SOLAS courses and HSE programmes, all of which include work experience, offer nationally recognised qualifications including QQI, ECDL, and City and Guilds ensuring that students are ready to get a job or go on to further education. NLN provides personalised training, education, employment and community-based rehabilitation supports and services to people who due to health conditions, illness, disability, mental health difficulty, trauma, addiction or challenging life circumstances need additional specialist support to progress their education, training or life plan.

We deliver over 140 accredited vocational training programmes at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the (QQI) Quality and Qualifications Framework supporting students to reach their educational potential

As Ireland's largest non-governmental education and training organisation, we offer over 70 different training programmes from art and cookery to computer and business skills in centres across the country. So, whatever your interests, we have the training programme for you!

You can access courses in a variety of ways: in your local centre, with a local employer; or even from the comfort of your own home. All National Learning Network training programmes are funded through The Educational Training Boards or the Health Service Executive and therefore most students receive an allowance for participation.  90% of students who completed a training programme with us last year went on to further education or training.

Education tailored to meet your needs

National Learning Network has a wide range of training and further education training programmes that can open the door to exciting new careers and employment opportunities for you. From business and computer skills, through to graphic design, art and leisure studies, National Learning Network has the course where you can achieve your full potential. Our courses offer a variety of awards including QQI (Level 1-6), ECDL, MOS and City & Guilds. National Learning Network facilitates students to recognise previous learning in order to gain a credit towards a full award.

Our vocational courses are funded by the ETBs and include the following: Arts, Craft and Media, Catering, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure, Sport, Business Studies and Administration, Computer and IT, Horticulture and Environment, and Career Exploration and Employment.

We also offer a large number of rehabilitative training programmes which are designed to assist students in improving the quality of their lives through greater inclusion and involvement with the local community and through learning new skills. Our rehabilitative programmes are funded by the HSE.

Why choose National Learning Network?

Flexible courses

At National Learning Network we pride ourselves on the flexibility of our courses, which are all designed to meet the individual needs of each student. We set ourselves apart from other training bodies by addressing all the factors that will affect a student's prospects of obtaining and retaining a job in their chosen field. Our unique system of training delivery enables students to reach their potential in a manner that takes account of personal, social and environmental requirements.

Work experience

All of our courses contain community integration initiatives such as work experience participation and involvement with local community activities and events. In addition to centre-based training programmes, students can also avail of Employer Based Training with host companies or blended learning training programmes that enable students, particularly those with mobility or transport difficulties, to study from home. A comprehensive range of additional supports, such as career planning, personal and social skills and literacy and numeracy, is also available.

Supported education to meet your needs

Flexi-skills, the name given to National Learning Network's method of training delivery sets us apart from other organisations. This includes: personalised learning and employment plans, strong labour market focussed training, flexible duration, flexible course content, flexible hours, and blended learning involving in-centre training, employer-based learning and e-learning.


e-Learning is available as standard on all NLN programmes and services. NLN has a state-of-the-art and very user friendly e-learning system that contains thousands of learning and support resources including course notes, training videos, online quizzes, weblinks, discussion forums and more.

Contact your local centre today to find out which courses best suit your needs

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